There’s nothing wrong with the Camera app available on every iPhone, but there are plenty of third-party camera apps available in the App Store that add extra features, filters, and other effects that are worth worth checking out.
For our last YouTube video, we asked MacRumors readers for their favorite camera apps and has compiled a list of the best and most popular options. If you are looking to improve your iPhone photography, be sure to check them out.
Halide, priced at $ 5.99, was the top pick when asking about favorite camera apps. Following MacRumors readers chose it over any other camera app, which is not surprising as Halide offers a rich set of features.
Halide offers full manual controls for shutter speed, ISO, and white balance, plus a live histogram to perfect exposure. The scan-based interface is easy to use and you can capture photos in RAW, JPG, TIFF, or HEIC formats.
There are depth controls for newer iPhones, manual and auto focus tools, and for iPhone XR there is a depth capture feature that works with pets, food, and other objects, unlike to the native depth control function. Halide just added a new color histogram, which is a nifty option that lets you make sure you have the right exposure to preserve color detail and make the colors stand out. Halide has a new app coming out in the near future, so keep an eye out for that.
ProCam 6, priced at $ 5.99, was also a popular choice with MacRumors readers. ProCam offers full manual control options for shutter speed, ISO, focus and white balance, as well as push manual focus assist, built-in overexposure warnings and live values for metrics such as ISO and shutter speed.
You can choose the frame rate and resolution of your video when shooting, or choose from several shooting modes such as night mode, burst mode, slow shutter, and 3D photos. Like most of the camera apps on this list, ProCam 6 lets you capture RAW, JPG, TIFF, and HEIF images, and there’s a live light level histogram.
For editing after capturing a photo, ProCam 6 includes 60 filters, 17 lenses for fun effects, multiple adjustment tools, and video editing capabilities. There are custom profiles to save your favorite shooting modes and camera settings, and Siri shortcuts are supported.
Priced at $ 4.99, Obscura has a simple swipe-based interface that puts the tools you need right at your fingertips, and it’s ideal for one-handed use.
You can capture photos in RAW, HEIC, and JPG formats, take live photos, and capture images with depth on newer iPhones. There are tools to adjust white balance, exposure and focus, as well as ISO and shutter speed, as well as a histogram to adjust exposure.
There are 19 included filters available, which can be used in post-processing or with live previews, and additional filter packs are available for in-app purchase. Swiping down from the top of the app gives you access to your photo library, and swiping up on a selected photo displays all the metadata you might need to know.
Focos can be downloaded for free, but the pro tools are not free. It costs $ 0.99 per month or $ 11.99 for lifetime access. Focos offers full manual controls for capturing images, as well as options for depth control, portraits, adjustable bokeh, and more.
You can import your Portrait Photos and adjust the bokeh effect (aka background blur), and there are options to simulate lens effects such as creamy, bilinear, swirl, and reflex effects. There are also options to add lighting and change depth maps.
Moment, like Focos, is a free download but requires a purchase of $ 4.99 to unlock Pro Tools. Moment offers options for manual adjustment of exposure, ISO, shutter speed, focus, white balance and aspect ratio, allowing you to customize the image. appearance of your photos beyond what you can do with the stock Camera app.
RAW shooting is supported, as are HEIF and HEVC, Apple’s latest photo and video formats, and there is a live histogram. The Moment app is designed to work with Moment’s lenses, available separately on the Moment website, but it also works without them.
You have to pay for manual controls and advanced video tools, but it’s worth the $ 4.99 if you want full control over the outcome of your iPhone photos.
All of these camera apps are fantastic, but they’re just a small sample of the photography-focused app options in the App Store. If we missed your favorite camera app, be sure to let us know which one you like best in the comments.
Feel free to share your favorite photo editing apps as well, as we’ll cover them in an upcoming video and article.